The Benefits of Urban Farming with Kids

This morning, I read a beautiful post by my friend Tiffany Davis of  First of all, I love the title of her website.  So may times as I browse homesteading websites, an image of perfection is portrayed.  While we certainly want to put our best foot forward, perfection on an […]

Why Your Soil Test May Mislead You

Should I get a soil test?  How can I build my soil?   These are common questions that we receive at the farm.  Soil health is intriguing to me, and a topic of utmost importance to urban farmers and gardeners.  I recently watched “The Roots of Your Profits” with soil expert […]

Growitarianism: A Little Encouragement for Growing Food

Of all the ways that people feed themselves in healthy and  responsible ways, my favorite is Growitarianism.  And though I don’t yet grow and raise everything that my family eats, I am working toward producing as much of our own food as I can!  ​Do you feel the same? For the last few weeks, I […]

How to Pressure Can Chicken

Natural foods can be expensive to purchase.  So, when we are not eating our own farm-raised meat, I am always looking for a good deal.  I was excited to order 100% natural chicken breasts from Zaycon Foods for $1.89/lb.  What a bargain! But, when the package arrived, I realized how much space […]

What Egg Carton Labels Really Mean

What do the words on an egg carton mean?  You may be surprised!  Educate yourself by watching “The Story of an Egg” by The Lexicon of Sustainability.   And read the article below, from  To read it FULL SIZE on the website, click anywhere on the graphic.

Citrus Tree Care for the Low Desert

Citrus Tree Care in Phoenix, Arizona (or Anywhere!) One of the 5 “C’s” of Arizona, citrus is one of the easiest edible plants to grow in the Phoenix. Not only is the fruit delicious and healthy, the blossoms are gorgeous and they smell wonderful this time of year. Citrus is […]


The Gift of Gardening

Mother’s Day is tomorrow and some of us (myself included) are coming up with last minute gifts. My mother would not be up to any extensive gardening. But she does like to have flowers growing in containers on her patio. She lives in a senior community, and I think that […]

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Types of Squash: Summer Squash vs Winter Squash

What is the difference between summer and winter types of squash? The answer to how types of squash are categorized lies in how long they last in cold storage. Summer types of squash tend to have thin skins.  They do not store well.  Hence, they are eaten shortly following harvest, […]

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Grow Pumpkins Naturally at Home

Grow Pumpkins Naturally! At the close of a long hot summer, the appearance of the pumpkin heralds the welcome arrival of autumn. The classic symbol of fall appears everywhere, from Jack-O-Lanterns on porches to pumpkin specialties on restaurant menus. More than just the emblem of ancient folklore or a delicious, […]

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Raise Coturnix Quail for Eggs, Meat and Profit

Can’t have chickens?  Consider quail eggs. Would you love to have fresh eggs every day, but can’t have chickens due to city ordinances, HOA rules or space limitations? Coturnix quail are small game birds that are becoming a popular, practical and fun alternative to poultry, providing both eggs and meat. […]